🍺 Special Teams/ Field Position
Elon averaged 21 yds/kick off return last year. We only allowed 15 yards/ kickoff return on 6 kickoffs vs Hawaii (And Hayball’s leg)
Keep field position through big punts and stout punt and kick coverage. This could play a big factor early in determining if we blow them out or just squeak by.
🍺🍺 SchoenWALL and BresnaHANDS
I know I wasn’t the only one who noticed Gavin Schoenwald absolutely burying guys last week. I also loved how they used tight ends to create some explosive plays. Run behind schoenwald, it works. And throw to both tight ends.
It also works.
🍺🍺🍺 Balanced Attack
Most blowout games you see a majority of passing yardage gained early and rushing stats are padded late as the clock as killer. Obviously our rushing attack is the strength of our team, but honestly the passing attack left a little more to be desired. I don’t think this game is close, but we won’t beat them as bad as Hawaii. Take advantage of our garbage time to work on the downfield passing attack. Could prove useful down the road when we face SEC teams and can’t rush for 400 yards/game.
🍺🍺🍺🍺 Spare Parts
With Julian Hernandez (C) out, I’ll be curious to see how the offensive line rotation is managed. Something to watch.
I imagine there’s only a few guys on the roaster with real SEC game starter talent. I don’t expect the line to look the same. Starters will be shuffled to adjust so new(er) guys can step into their natural positions. Against a middle of the pack FCS team like Elon, we could see a lot of combinations to find out what’s best moving forward. Keep an eye on the OL lineup and play.
🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 Clock management at half
This was one aspect of last game that bothered me. 4th and 2 with less than a minute to play until half. The clock is rolling and we have 3 timeouts.
As a coach you have to decide, are we going for it or kicking it? If you’re going for it, you HAVE to call a timeout to get the right play call in as well as give your team time to score a touchdown after converting. If you’re kicking it, you waste as much clock as possible and kick the field goal, leaving the opponent with no time to generate any points. Even if we’re up big, I want to see improvement on the coaching staff’s ability to manage the clock and timeout usage.
🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 Turnover battle
Get used to this one. It’s important in every game. I don’t expect 2 defensive touchdowns every game, but winning the turnover battle is key. Especially against a pass happy Elon Phoenix team who is not returning their best player from last year, Star QB Davis Cheek.
They have no rushing attack and the strength of their team (based on returning production) is their WR group. so keep an eye on the secondary to make adjustments and create turnover(s).
Grab a cold one & sit back, it’s week 1.
Let’s Ride 🍻